Carol Ann Gartin Taylor
March 6, 1945-January 6, 2024
Carol Taylor beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend gratefully went to meet our Heavenly Father on January 6, 2024.
Carol was born on March 6, 1945 at Lucas County Hospital in Chariton, IA to John and Ora Gartin. From the beginning she would declare her birth a miracle as doctors believed that both might not survive. Carol went on to spend her 78+ years thriving and being well loved by all who knew her.
Carol was strong, funny, warm, creative, resilient, loyal, tenacious, vibrant, beautiful woman. She shared her artistry through her classroom, kitchen, and craft room. She never met a stranger. She spent 57.5 years loving and creating a home with her beloved husband Eugene Taylor. Together they raised their two daughters to be ambitious, curious and caring adults who love the Lord and others through fostering community both at home and abroad. Carol was an accomplished baker and candy maker. Holidays were greatly enhanced by her culinary delights. All of these magical moments were inspired by her love for others and particularly her six grandchildren. She loved to read, bake, knit, quilt and create specialty cards for each of their birthdays and special occasions. These treasures continue to bring comfort in her passing.
Carol was an educator in the Davenport, Iowa school system and Administrator with Head Start. She was actively involved in Edgewood Baptist Church in the Quad City area for many years. She helped teach Children’s Church, organized the missions committee, facilitated Victorious Christian Living classes, and assisted with starting a Celebrate Recovery ministry during her years there.
After retirement from Davenport, she and Eugene taught for two years at the San Carlos, AZ Apache Indian reservation. From San Carlos they retired again to Sun City West, AZ where she become actively involved in the Scrapbooking, Paper Crafting and More Club (affectionately known as SPAM). She and Eugene continued leading Victorious Christian Living (VCL) classes at various churches in the West Valley area. She served as a VCL counselor at Christ’s Church of the Valley Peoria, AZ.
Also, during their retirement, they spent several years on short-term missionary endeavors. They served for one year as teachers at Okinawa Christian School International in Japan. They also served for 3 years at World Impact’s Oaks Christian Camp and Conference Center in Lake Hughes, CA. Upon returning to Sun City West, she served as a facilitator on her church’s Addiction Recovery Team.
Carol Ann Gartin Taylor is survived by her beloved husband Eugene Taylor, her two daughters and son in laws (Kim, Manuel, Pattie and Phil), six grandchildren (Josh, Abigail, Micah, Luke, Ian and Sophia), sister- in-law (Sharon), nephews (Terry, Scott, and David) and nieces (Jane, Jackie and Laura) and other extended family.
While we mourn Carol’s passing, we are grateful for the comfort and reminder that while she is no longer present with us, she is very much alive and celebrating her new life with her Savior and friend Jesus Christ. Our family looks forward to celebrating her life this coming spring. Details to be announced. While not expected, in lieu of flowers and due to Carol’s love and commitment to missions, the family has selected two ministries where her daughters and their families serve: TEAM (Phil and Pattie Eager) https://give.team.org/fundraiser/3232924 or World Impact (select Manuel and Kim Contreras) Donate - World Impact for those wishing to make donations. We are also collecting stories and memories about Carol at the following email addresses: Pattie.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to be shared with her family.
Carol loved all of us well. We pray you remember her love for you during this time of loss.